The methodology is based on eight key principles, aiming at a valid, fair, inclusive and up to date representation of the real price.

The board of the foundation acts according to the following basic principles for the Oiconomy Pricing rating systems:

  • It maps out all sustainability aspects related to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals;
  • It visualizes these aspects as much as possible for the entire value chain of products or services;
  • It visualizes these aspects as much as possible on the basis of the actual actions of the parties in the value chain;
  • It translates the data on the actual actions of the parties in the value chain into the costs necessary for the prevention of the negative consequences for nature and society, as described in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals;
  • The data collection and processing as referred to under the third and fourth bullit takes place on the basis of the most recent scientific insights and data sources;
  • The working methods in the assessment systems are known to everyone;
  • Companies and organizations wishing to use the systems for communications to third parties must accept independent verification of use by third parties;
  • Proposals for adapting (parts of) the assessment systems, within the basic principles set out in these principles, are assessed and approved by a scientific committee to be set up by this foundation.